London ceramicist Maria De Haan, creates the finest smoke fired sculptural ceramics, and minimalist tableware.
Half Spanish half English, Maria was raised in the UK and has spent much of her life travelling and living abroad, and moved to the mountain Village of Deià In Mallorca in 2015.
After discovering her love of clay through evening classes in 2005, she pursued her passion and quickly followed with a ceramics diploma in London, apprenticeships, tuition under renowned potter Simon Leach, and also a 2 year residency under Mike Goddard on the tiny island of Bequia in the West indies. With growing success and confidence, Maria then returned to London to set up her own studio.
Her work, both the vessels and eastern inspired tableware has been heavily influenced by her travels.
‘My tableware is deeply influenced by the Japanese aesthetic. I am greatly attracted to the natural characteristics of wabi-sabi;’ asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects.
‘I am inspired by the natural forms that surround me; stone, rock textures and being in and around the sea, and underwater coral forms.’
Her most recent and celebrated works are her smoke fired work. The pieces are fired in metal barrels using wood, sawdust and natural materials such as salt, fruits and vegetable skins. The materials burning around the pot leave beautiful markings on the clay body.
‘The idea that you can use fire to decorate a pot is absolutely fascinating to me. Each pot has its own unique journey in the fire and I love the whole process from start to finish’
Maria's work has been described as 'ethereal elegant and timeless, there is a grace and purity to her work’.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and at exhibitions throughout the UK, and New York and has been featured in books and magazines internationally.
Maria now divides her time between London and her ceramic studio in Deià where she offers ceramic courses from her beautiful outdoor studio in the mountains.